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There are a plethora of accessory attachments that can be used to expand the capability of a forklift. One of the most important is the forklift sweeper. A forklift sweeper is an attachment that is designed to sweep debris from warehouse and dock floors as well as parking lots, construction sites and other areas that have a floor.
What follows are some frequently asked questions concerning forklift sweepers. It is hoped that the answers will enlighten you as to the practicality of this accessory.
Q: What is a forklift sweeper?
A: A forklift sweeper is an attachment that is designed to sweep debris from warehouse and dock floors and other areas that have a floor as well as a parking lot, and construction site.
Q: Should the sweeper be used as is?
A: It can be used as is or it can be used with wet or dry material.
Q: Can a sweeper do anything else other than sweep?
A: The sweeper can also squeeze water and push snow.
Q: How is it attached to the forklift?
A: The sweeper includes 7-1/4-inch deep x 5-inch wide x 2-inch high fork pockets. The forks of the forklift slide into the sweeper’s fork pockets and secured by locking screws.
Q: Is there anything on the sweeper that assist forklift operators to contain debris and see where the sweeper is in relationship to the debris?
A: The sweeper includes debris containment ends as well as edge markers so that the driver can see exactly where the sweeper is located.
Q: If the original brushes wear out, is there a way I can exchange them for a new brush?
A: There are replacement brushes available. They are designed to slide into the existing broom track of the sweeper.
Q: Do brushes come in different sizes?
A: Depending on the model, the brush can have five rows of 8-inch bristles in a one-piece solid aircraft extruded aluminum frame for light-duty work. There is also a brush that includes eight rows of 11-1/2-inch bristles in a 10 gauge steel frame for heavy-duty work indoors or outdoors.
Q: Are there accessories available for the sweeper?
A: There is an optional magnetic bar sweeper broom attachment that hangs from the broom that features up to a 5-inch ground clearance and is ideal for picking up dangerous metal debris including nails and screws. There is also a 60-inch wide dust mop attachment.